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Citrus Chicken and Rice

Bold-flavored ingredients are tempered by the taste of oranges, creating a mouthwatering dish that's guaranteed to impress.—Barbara Easton, N-Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 medium oranges, cut into wedges
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up and skin removed
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked rice


  • Place oranges and green pepper in a 5-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Top with chicken. Combine the next seven ingredients; pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken juices run clear. Serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 342 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 1016mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 38g protein.

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    Jun 3, 2014

    After reading the reviews, I peeled the oranges. This would be much better in a skillet, I think. The chicken just dried out entirely too much in the crockpot. I used pineapple juice instead of orange because it's what I had on hand, and a red pepper because of preference. I also thickened the sauce with a little cornstarch.

  • Joscy
    Jan 18, 2014

    Have not made this chicken in such a long, long time so it's time to again. Seem to recall peeling orange beforehand.

  • poetwife
    Jan 23, 2012

    I read the reviews, I made it anyway... edible but not good. The chicken dried out, the orange rind was bitter. It's a waste of time and ingredients. I thought with Taste of Home's backing it couldn't be bad... IT WAS! I am disappointed in TOH!

  • sarahrebecca817
    Sep 18, 2011

    We loved it. I peeled the oranges before cooking, and left everything else the exact way stated and it turned out great!

  • tkarinas
    Apr 19, 2010

    Citrus chicken turns out beautifully and tastes delicious. The only thing I do that is not in the recipe is I peel the oranges as I do not like the taste if the orange peel is in with the chicken while it cooks. It's a keeper and definitely going in my recipe box.

  • kbroaddrick
    Jun 11, 2009

    This recipe was awful. I thought it was going to be delicious, and it smelled really good, but when I opened up my crockpot it looked awful. Unfortunately it tasted just as bad as it looked. The sauce itself was pretty decent but everything else cooked poorly. If I ever made this again, I'd cook the sauce down in a pan, and saute the chicken on its own.

  • patco45
    May 31, 2009

    I fixed this dish last week, it went together really easy, however I was undecided as to peel the oranges or not.

  • epauly
    May 14, 2009

    The directions were not clear as to whether or not to peel the oranges. Leaving the rinds on left a bitter taste in the sauce, which was quite tasty before cooking. After cooking, the flavor was disappointing with the bitter aftertaste. If I make it again, I will peel the oranges next time or use mandarin oranges as suggested above.

  • tcanfield
    May 13, 2009

    I made this and it was delicious, used boneless breasts instead of whole chicken, and a can of mandarin oranges instead of fresh oranges. I served mine with brown rice.